Former Sabah chief minister Salleh Said Keruak has canceled his application to join PKR after giving it a long thought on the current political landscape, including the party’s endless squabble.
Salleh said the decision was made in April, saying that along with the cancellation, he remained independent since leaving Umno after Barisan Nasional lost its federal power.
“Lately, many have asked me about my political stance despite what is happening in the political landscape of the country including Sabah.
“In March 2020, I asked for my application to be postponed so that I could meet up with fellow fighters and discuss our direction in Sabah.
“Then in April 2020, I requested for my application to join PKR be revoked. With the cancellation of the application, I have remained independent (no party) since I left Umno in December 2018,” he was quoted as saying. He added that it was his mistake to leave Umno back then.
Previously, Salleh applied to join PKR in October last year.
Salleh said he applied to join PKR last year because at that time PKR was part of the federal government, and he said Sabah should build strong ties with the Federal government in order to remain competitive.
“I chose it (at the time) for the sake of the cooperation between Sabah and the federal government,” he said.
Salleh, a former federal minister, said any decision he made on the party at this time was based on careful consideration as well as considering the views of his allies and grassroots.
Umno Sabah chief Bung Mokhtar Radin said he already received an application letter from Salleh to re-join the party, a week or two weeks ago.
“Umno has already received the (Salleh) application letter and I have forwarded it (the application) to the UMNO Supreme Council for consideration and refinement … (in the process of) consideration and approval.
“Sabah Umno is open that we keep the door open to any former members and leaders of any party including former members who want to return (to join UMNO again), we accept.”
Bung also has described Shafie Apdal’s nomination as prime minister as political gimmick made by former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
He said it was merely an attempt made to provoke Anwar and to confuse the public.
“Mahathir is trying to attack Shafie by pitting him against Anwar. This is a very funny proposal, I think this is an attempt to pit the two against each other.”
Mahathir recently said President Amanah Mohamad Sabu, DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng and Shafie, and other DAP leaders have already agreed to nominate the Warisan president as the prime minister.
Meanwhile, DAP and Amanah said the proposal to nominate Shafie as the next prime minister still needs to be discussed within both Amanah and DAP central leadership level and Pakatan Harapan (PH) first.
Bung said Mahathir might have nominated Shafie because he had lost the support from Amanah and DAP.
“Perhaps Mahathir is aware that he has lost all his support from PKR, DAP and Amanah and now opt to turn to Shafie.
“However, Shafie does not have the support of all Pakatan Harapan component parties and therefore it is impossible for him to be prime minister,” he added.
1st July 2020 11:29
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